John Buchan

Articles by John Buchan:

In 2018 the UK launched the Tempest program with a hefty price tag of around £2 billion. The objective of the program was that the aircraft would be ‘optionally manned’; in other words, they would be able to be flown as drones. The Tempest is intended to come with a shopping list of sixth-generation technology. […]

Flying Officer Lloyd Allan Trigg was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroic actions in destroying a German U-boat during World War II. But no one would have known about his act of bravery and dedication if the surviving U-boat captain had not recommended Trigg receive the highest award the British could give him. […]

Night Witches: When Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II in 1941, they expected that their superior technology and the success they had thus far in quickly occupying territory would lead to a similar quick defeat of the Soviets. But the Soviets proved fierce defenders of their motherland. Part of that tough resistance […]

Biggs enlisted in the US Army Air Corps when he was 18 years old. He trained with an elite group of fighter pilots at Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute. George Washington Biggs, a member of the famous Tuskegee Airmen, died September 19, 2020, at the age of 95. Biggs was living in a senior care facility in […]

Charles (Charlie) Rowley Miller OAM, passed away at the age of 96 on September 21, 2020. The Australian Spitfire pilot was known for his bravery in battle during World War II, along with his selfless service to his community after the war. Miller was born in Melbourne and moved to Mount Gambier as a teenager. […]

For years, people have searched Lake Ontario for signs of the Avro “Baby Arrows” that were flown over the lake in the late 1950s. The 3-meter planes were scale models of the plane Avro intended to produce for the Canadian military. The models were filled with telemetry and sensors to monitor and report on the […]

It was 1943, Sunday April 4th and the Allies were putting pressure on Axis forces bombing targets across Southern Italy, pressing home their air-power advantage in the Southern Mediterranean. One brand new B-24 Liberator bomber took off behind twelve others en-route for a high-altitude mission over the Italian city of Naples. Nine of the bombers […]

Flight Lieutenant and Spitfire pilot Alastair ‘Sandy’ Gunn enlisted in the British Royal Air Force on February 22nd, 1940. After a short period of training he began active service as an airman (2nd class) in June of the same year. By the following January he passed his pilot training and was promoted to Sergeant and […]

Germany was a daunting enemy during the Second World War, and no front was more challenging for the Allies, even Britain’s famed Royal Air Force (RAF), than the battles for supremacy in the skies. Germany had the Luftwaffe, and the planes that comprised it were, for the times, filled with cutting-edge aviation technology, many of […]

They had a plan, a plan that would see the Third Reich conquer Europe, Great Britain and then, one day, reach across the Atlantic and conquer North America. And his “dream machines” would help him do it. The Second World War was the initiation of that mad plan, and for six long years the Allies […]

The P-51 Mustang is considered one of the greatest fighter planes in history. It was the US military’s main fighter plane in World War II and continued to play an important role after the war ended. Originally built for Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF), the first Mustang was built in the early days of the […]

WWII veteran Captain Robert Trimble served in the US Air Force during World War II. He flew 35 successful missions in a B-24 bomber before he was assigned a final mission that would take him deep into Soviet territory. Though it seemed like a relatively harmless and simple task of delivering recently repaired airplanes to […]